Social inclusion

Difficulties in implementing cross-border social policy

While each country has its own system for social data on needs and services, cross-border data in this area remains incomplete because of disparities between the different national social policies that confront each other on the border.

Although the European Union is the vector of a certain harmonisation (see note 1 above), administrative boundaries remain important in the social field, especially when political conceptions based on public or private intervention differ between neighbouring countries.

In terms of professional integration, for example, a project born of a partnership between the Centre Communal d'Action Sociale, a Luxembourg training organisation and a Franco-Luxembourgish company revealed, despite good results, the difficulties associated with cross-border separation of social systems. Projects are hampered by the duplication of administrative procedures. It was necessary to seek funding for Luxembourgish jobseekers alongside French jobseeker, as well as studying the mechanisms and conditions for the establishment of a back-to-work scheme.